10 April 2014
LESOTHO : The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) will next month host a tournament for women teams at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).
MASERU-The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) will next month host a tournament for women teams at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).
According to LBA spokesperson Ratšolo Molupe, the tournament whose main purpose is to uplift the basketball spirit among ladies and inspire them to further take part in officiating, is open to all women teams in the country.
“We are expecting all women teams in the country to take part in the tournament and not only those who registered with LBA, including high school clubs. Registration fee is M250 per team and deadline is February 21,” said Molupe in an interview with Public Eye on Tuesday this week.
He noted besides promoting the sport, the event also seeks to motivate women to take part in officiating roles such as refereeing.
Molupe further said the tournament, which normally takes place during Women’s Month in August, would help put focus on ladies teams.
“This is unlike when we hold a tournament for both men and women teams at the same time, where after men teams play most people who come to watch the matches, including the players themselves, just go away as if it’s break time instead of watching the women playing,” he explained.
“Apart from that, we are hoping this kind of competition will also help us have more women teams to join our league as we currently have only four clubs playing in the women A Division League, namely KTA All Stars, Limkokwin University of Creativity Technology (LUCT), Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) and the National University of Lesotho (NUL) ladies side, Rovers.”
Others including Shines, Street Sharks, Lialuma, Buffalos and Rangers have since quit the league.
Molupe indicated there would not be cash prizes but as usual, the winners would get gold medals and a championship trophy, while the runners-up will get silver and third-placed bronze medals.